Thanks to Monkey Lover for doing all the legwork involved in getting this going, the Widows are going into this season of Net BattleTech, or NBT.
We're not going this alone, we're forming a coalition with 2323 Reggies and 173rd/4ARM to run the Marik faction. 2323 is taking the lead on running the logistics side of things, because they've got a couple guys who have the time/energy/interest to commit to doing that work, but they're keen on taking input from the other group leaders, and have already shown their willingness to act on that input.
Currently, we're the only FWLM group going in, but the invitation is out to all the other units, whether they want to join up with a unit contingent, or group up under our banner for NBT.
We have been assigned nominal responsibility for District 2 / The Oriente, though I have already offered to concede that to the 13OH and take District 4 (which is currently unassigned), should they op to send a unit contingent instead of sending guys under our organization/banner. Additionally, mixing and matching of units will be a thing. 4ARM doesn't have enough pilots to make a full 8-man team, and 2323 barely does. If we get the same interest as we did in MRBC, we'll be able to field a full team with a few extras, but I expect we'll have a bit more interest and availability, as NBT seems to be a bit more forgiving, both in schedule and in play, than MRBC.
Mech builds and strategies are going to differ substantially from MRBC. First, we'll be running mostly IS mechs, with very few Clan mechs available to us, at least to start (no more than 10% of the 115K-odd tonnage we're allotted to start with, and we won't have the ability to build replacements at the start). Second, match loadouts are determined by tonnage, rather than weight class, with different tonnages depending on the match. Third, the mechs available to us are going to be entirely dependent upon the mechs deployed to a given planet, which is going to go a long way to determining what strategies we can run.
I just copied our roster from MRBC, which includes all of our active, semi-active, and once-in-a-blue-moon players, which means anyone on that roster (or any inactive player coming back in who gets added to the roster) can play in a match. HOWEVER, based on lessons learned from MRBC, these are the restrictions for being a prime candidate for the match:
- Regularly attend practices - you don't have to make every practice, but you should try to make at least one practice a week.
- Regularly active outside of practice - you're semi-active in playing with the Widows outside of scheduled training times
- You have the mech(s) with the desired build(s) ready to go BEFORE game time.
First Pick players will also:
- Attend the pre-match walk-through(s), or walk through the strategy with one of the field commanders if you can't make the group walk-through
- Practiced with the desired build(s) the week before the match
- Show up to the match 1 hour before go time, or talk to the command staff if you can't be there that early.
You don't have to meet all of these wickets to be put into a match, but you stand a much better chance of being put into the match if you meet the first three, and you won't be the first choice if you don't meet the second three. Requirements from other units for combined arms matches will be posted when I get them.
If you guys have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I look forward to seeing you in game!
-Col. Ilithi Dragon